Supporting documentation requirements

Supporting documentation is required for students to complete registration with the Disability Service. Supporting documentation verifies the functional impact of the condition on study and enables the Disability Liaison Officer to make recommendations for reasonable adjustments.

Documentation Guidelines

  • must be written in English
  • include the name of the student
  • be signed and dated, and on the letterhead of the registered health professional providing the documentation such as general practitioner, medical specialist, psychologist, occupational therapist, physiotherapist, speech pathologist, social worker, optometrist, and audiologist. Alternatively the Charles Sturt Health Practitioner Report can be completed
  • cannot be written by a family member
  • indicate the nature of the disability/condition and its functional impacts
  • include recommended study adjustments or strategies
  • indicate if the condition is permanent, fluctuating, or short-term
  • indicate the period of time during which the adjustments are sought.

Specific Learning Disorders in reading, writing or arithmetic (dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia)

  • You are required to provide evidence of an adult psychometric learning assessment conducted by a relevant professional such as a psychologist or neuropsychologist using reliable, valid and standardised tests.
  • Assessments by a speech pathologist or other suitably qualified allied health professional may also be accepted particularly in relation to language disorder or dyspraxia.

Scotopic sensitivity syndrome, Irlen syndrome and Sensory processing disorders

We will accept the Charles Sturt University Health Practitioner Report or documentation signed and dated, and on the letterhead of the registered health professional for reasonable adjustments such as coloured paper and appropriate lighting for exams. If further adjustments are requested beyond these adjustments, the Disability Service will request evidence of an adult psychometric learning assessment conducted by a relevant professional such as a psychologist using reliable, valid and standardised tests.

Handwriting issues

If students are requesting adjustments due to handwriting difficulties, unrelated to another medical condition, we require a copy of the assessment results undertaken by an occupational therapist or physiotherapist to diagnose the extent of the handwriting difficulty.

Contact us

If you have any questions regarding the suitability of your documentation you can email the disability service for advice.

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